Bob Vila Radio: Bathroom Storage Plans

If you’re about to renovate the bathroom, here are some tips for making sure you’ll be able to stash all your stuff.

I bet you’ve never heard anyone complain that his bathroom has too much storage space. If you’re about to renovate, here are some tips for making sure you’ll be able to stash all your stuff.

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Start by measuring your existing bath storage, then count up the items that don’t fit—the towels, toiletries, and brushes that are now cluttering up the back of the toilet tank or the deck of the sink, and the towels that end up on the floor because they don’t have a place to hang.

Be realistic about who’s using the bath. Does your household include small children or older family members, who need easy access to shelves? Think down the road, too: Will you soon have teenagers, with their ever-growing collections of hair- and skin-care products?

Now figure out where to put it all. Determine how many towel racks and robe hooks you need, and what size medicine cabinet you can fit. If you’ll need under-sink storage, opt for a vanity instead of a pedestal sink.

Carve out space for wall-mounted or freestanding cabinets. Recessed shelves, hampers, and cabinets are great space savers. Plan for shelves above the toilet, and build in tall recesses in the tub surround for soaps and shampoos.

Remember to leave space for the toilet paper holder, spare rolls, and a trash can! A little thought today will save you from a cluttered eyesore tomorrow.

Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 75 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening to—or reading—Bob’s 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day.